QUB Canvas Roadmap

The QUB Roadmap process has continued to develop from the inception on Canvas within the University in 2018.

In early 2022 upon reflection on the then current request based process the Education Committee Student Experience Group Endorsed the process should progress to a requirement based process, which aligns with Institutional Priorities.

The Updated process allows for a higher level and holistic approach. Requirements are prioritised on a Value-Exposure based matrix where by the Faculties raising the requirement will score its value based on a set of agreed criteria. The DLSSS team will then analyse these in priority order.

 

Note: Requirements may not be fulfilled by a solution within Canvas, the DLSSS team will explore a number of avenues to provide users with the most appropriate outcome.

 

 

Contact Details

For further information on the process at Faculty Level please e-mail your local representatives with “Canvas Roadmap” in the subject at:

AHSS: Richard Summerville, Laura Farling & Kirsty Gillen AHSSS.eLearning@qub.ac.uk

EPS: Shelby Hanna, David Cutting & Tom Dore epsconnectedlearning@qub.ac.uk

MHLS: Marian Traynor, Maurice Hall & Dan Corbett (e-mail TBC)

Previous iterations of the Canvas Roadmap have resulted in a number of enhancements to the Universities instance of Canvas. These enhancements included improvements to the platform which required development and integrations of 3rd party tools and applications which support teaching, learning and assessment.

Previous enhancements that have been requested are listed below including those which were not executable:



Available Integrations/Enhancements

TOOL/SUGGESTION
DESCRIPTION
STAKEHOLDER
STATUS
Turnitin
Pledgerism checking tool
University
Implemented for use throughout the University
Office365
Access to suite of Microsoft tools including Word and Excel
University
Implemented for use throughout the University
Learning Science
Provides access to lab simulations, quizzes and content for specific subjects
MHLS/Chemistry
Implemented for use – content covers areas which require practical ‘lab’ experience
Mediasite
For editing and storage of videos / media content
University
Implemented for use throughout the University
McGraw-Hill
Provides educational content and quizzes for Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences
In progress – Queries regarding GDPR
Blackboard Ally
Accessibility checker for content within Canvas - required to meet legislation
University
Implemented across the University
Notable
A note-taking application with Markdown editor
Law
Implemented for use in limited course
Student Photos (Report)
Report showing student photos along with names
EPS
Report provided via Qsis self service
SCORM enabled
Enable SCORM so content developed using this can be put into Canvas
EPS
SCORM has been enabled
Module duplicate title differentiation
Differentiate modules with the same title including A/Y
AHSS / EPS
Module titles pulled in from Qsis edited to show academic year and term
Single link to resource repository
Provide a single link to library resources held on QoL
EPS / AHSS
User directed to process in place with Library Services
Tailoring notifications per course (QUB module)
Allow notifications to be personalised per course and not per user
EPS
This has been developed and is available to users
Warning re: deleting assignments from calendar
Provide a warning that deleting assignments from the calendar deletes the actual assignment
EPS
Warning pop up added
Sign up for meetings
Allow students to self sign up to meeting slots
AHSS
Functionality available
Request for personal tutor scheme in Canvas
Request to use Canvas for additional services
OTHER
Additional reporting / analytics request
Turn on Analytics 2
EPS
Analytics 2 switched on and additional reporting created
Bcc emails / Email addresses
Request to include Bcc function / provide Email addresses
UNIVERSITY
Users informed this is not an e-mail function, it’s internal messaging to Canvas. Instructed on how to obtain e-mail address list
Assignments tick box
Tick box to agree to terms and conditions
AHSS
Agreed with user a statement would be used instead of waiting on development.
Personal pronouns functionality to be enabled in Canvas
Enabling this functionality provides staff and students with the option to select personal pronouns to add to their user account. The Personal pronouns will then display after their name in various areas in Canvas.
University
Functionality enabled for use

Not Available

TOOL
DESCRIPTION
STAKEHOLDER
STATUS
Questionmark
Tool for conducting and grading quizzes
University
Not Implemented - Failed on testing
DropBox
Tool for file storage
AHSS
Not secure, data held in US. OneDrive available
Mashme
Conferencing tool
EPS
Tool no longer in use by School
Geogebra
Math tool for graphing, geometry etc.
NBE
No longer required
Redirect Tool
Allows for redirecting of URL's
NBE
No longer required
Student Test Accounts / Student View
Create 'real' test students
EPS
Test students are created by information services, having these additional students would create issues such as licensing / maintenance in other systems etc.
Sub Accounts
Request for Admin level access for sub account
EPS
Admin access for sub account cannot be fulfilled
Access to modules & creation of departmental course pages
Request access to create modules as and when desired
AHSS
Rejected as this information is pulled from Qsis and would become unwieldly to support
Message system signatures
Request to allow signatures to be added to messaging system (as with outlook etc.)
AHSS
Instructure informed they will not be making developments to this area in the foreseeable

Enhancements in progress / on hold are as follows:

In Progress / On Hold

TOOL/ENHANCEMENT
DESCRIPTION
STAKEHOLDER
STATUS
Respondus
Lockdown browser for undertaking online quizzes in a controlled setting (ON CAMPUS ONLY)
University
In Progress – pilot ongoing to June 2023
ADInstruments LT
Online Physiology Software and Life Science Lessons(ON CAMPUS ONLY)
MHLS
In Progress – Data Sharing Agreements in development
MatLab Grader
Browser-based authoring environment for creating and sharing MATLAB coding and problems and assessments
EPS
In Progress – Data Sharing Agreements in development
EvaSys
Electric Paper (EvaSys) provides QUB with the software for delivery of Module and Teaching Evaluations.
University
On Hold
MS Teams
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps your team stay organised and have conversations—all in one place.
University
On Hold - Not suitable for enabling at this point in time, to be reassessed ahead of the next academic year'
AHSS Requirement
Utilising Canvas for PGR.
University
In progress – gathering information to establish the current processes.
EPS Requirement
Automation of Timetable into Canvas.
University
In progress – processes gathered with investigations into solutions underway
New Quizzes
Updates to the current Quiz functionality provided in Canvas.
University
On Hold – further supplier development required

Instructure release a number of new functionalities periodically. Please click the link to view the upcoming releases expected in the next few months: https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Roadmap/ct-p/roadmap